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Police Mistake Sign Language For Gang Gestures & Beat Deaf Man Unconscious Before Arresting Him!

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This is just horrible!

A Southern California man was brutally beaten by Hawthorne police after they say he made threatening gestures at them.

Only he wasn’t making threatening gestures, he was trying to use sign language!

Jonathan Meister is deaf and had no idea why cops were approaching him outside of his ex-roommates' home. He had been retrieving some stuff he was storing at the house when neighbors called police because they thought Jonathan looked suspicious.

When officers arrived on the scene, they handcuffed Jonathan, thereby taking away his only means of communication! They then preceded to beat and shock him with a stun gun until Jonathan was rendered unconscious!

So outrageous!

The man was then taken to the hospital where he was charged with assaulting police officers!

What the WHAT?! They charged the handcuffed deaf guy who got knocked out?!

Those charges have thankfully since been dropped and Jonathan, an architect from Manhattan Beach, is now suing the department and several of the officers involved in this violent incident!

Jonathan’s attorney, Anna Rivera, described just how scary the situation was for her client, saying:

"If the primary way you communicate is to use your hands, and you’re looking at somebody when you speak, when you go to grab somebody without explaining what’s happening and take that method of communication away from them, Mr. Meister became afraid.”

Hawthorne Police however have stated since that they knew Jonathan was deaf but that he still tried to resist arrest.

The bruises on his face and body speak louder than any words though! This is a travesty! One the city of Hawthorne, California can expect to pay for!

Watch the full report (below) on the beating of Jonathan Meister.

[Image via CBS.]

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8 comments to “Police Mistake Sign Language For Gang Gestures & Beat Deaf Man Unconscious Before Arresting Him!”

  1. Allison says – reply to this


    WOW!!! disgusting how this all happened. Mr Meister deserves a lot of money for this bs he went through with the police. How sad.

  2. Whatwht? says – reply to this


    I see Hawthrone PD is in the news again…

  3. 3

    Completely unethical.

  4. 4

    Disgusting, when we had to move from Manhattan Beach,, my late husband forbid me to look at any place in Hawthorne due to the corrupt mayor at the time (2006).

  5. 5

    well those guys are idiots.. hope he gets a lot of money for the miskate

  6. MariaElena says – reply to this


    isn't this the same police dept that shot a man's dog in front of him? He was being handcuffed for no good reason and his dog started to approach in a very unaggressive way. They shot the dog right in front of him. Way to go Hawthorne PD, you are looking a lot like the Torrance PD and that is not good

  7. @v@ says – reply to this


    The goons used to be the ones out of uniform.

  8. cc says – reply to this


    Lived in Hawthorne for 6 yrs. Witnessed police pull out a gun without saying a word and started shooting a guy who stole and crashed a car. During the investigation, the officer lied and said he gave fair warning he would shoot. Total lie, saw the whole thing. Moved a couple of months later since crime sky rocketed. Low life Mexican and black thugs run that town.